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First Look vs. Tradition

I absolutely love when a bride decides to have a first look. I also understand the concern for “tradition” since Jeremy refused the first look because he simply wanted to see me walk through the doors and down the aisle. However, I have found that a First Look not only provides more time for pictures on your wedding day, but it also can be one of the most cherished moment on your big day.

Earlier this year Jeremy and I photographed our good friend’s wedding, Megan and Victor. Megan and Victor opted to have a First Look to have more time pictures. Megan was surprised how this one decision changed her entire wedding day and she was sweet enough to write her story for you. Enjoy!

Although I wouldn’t say I was a completely traditional bride, I have always dreamed of the doors opening on my wedding day and my husband seeing me for the first time as I walked down the aisle during the ceremony.  I had heard of the idea of a first look and Victor was all for it!  However, I was a little hesitant. The more I thought about it, I finally gave in, threw tradition out the window, and agreed to it.  Looking back now I can’t imagine how the wedding day would have gone without a first look! What an amazing experience of being able to be alone with my soon-to-be husband for a few minutes before the craziness of the ceremony and reception.  For one thing, it calmed my nerves alot just seeing him! We were able to laugh, cry, and just talk about the day. The best part was, I still got to see his reaction when he saw me for the first time but in a much more intimate setting, without 200 hundred people watching too! :) I know some brides think this will ruin that time when you walk down the aisle during the ceremony because he will already have seen you.  This is so NOT true!!  If anything, it made it better!  I still had a beaming, misty-eyed groom at the end of the aisle waiting for me.  If you are thinking about not doing a first look at your wedding, DONT! Just do it! I’m so glad my hubby talked me into it, because it made our wedding day so much more special! :)

Here is a few pictures from Megan and Victor’s First Look:


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I understand the tradition of the doors opening for the first time and seeing your bride/groom. But my experience with the first look both personally and professionally the consensus is much like Megan’s account. It allowed for quiet, it allow for a moment with the person you are about to commit your life. It is a time when you can be alone. It doesn’t have to be documented. The first wedding I ever did chose a first look but they wanted no pictures but instead took 20 min to just be before going off for pictures, the ceremony and the hustle of a reception.

Jack McDonnell

Good post! I love first looks, and not just because I am a photographer. It also seems so much more personal and special for the bride a groom to have a few minutes alone together. Love your informational/inspirational posts Kristin!

Kristin Schmucker

Thanks! I totally agree.

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